12th July 2012  Has League of Legends Overtaken World of Warcraft?

It would seem World of Warcraft, long the standard bearer for online gaming, has been toppled from its position as the most played PC game in the world in data released by Xfire and DFC Intelligence.

Forbes is reporting that League of Legends is now officially the most played PC game in North America and Europe with LoL users logging close to 1.3 billion gameplay hours, twice as much as the 600 million logged to WoW. The report states that the list was compiled by extrapolating from actual data collected by Xfire of its 21 million members from July 1st 2011 to June 30th 2012 but already a number of sites are questioning the validity of these stats. An article on eSports site Cadred.org describes Xfire as maybe "not the best barometer of popularity" but excepts that League of Legends is the most popular game in the world.

League of Legends is developed by Riot Games, a subsidiary of Chinese company Tencent Holdings Limited (0700). Shares in Tencent fell 3% in trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange but are currently trading near an all-time high. World of Warcraft, which continues to haemorrhage users, is developed by the Blizzard section of Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI). Shares fell over $0.25 from open on the back of the news but have recovered to $11.81, down 1.25%. Activision is preparing to announce new titles including The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con on July 14th.

A number of other Activision-Blizzard titles feature on the list, with Diablo III in 5th,StarCraft II in 8th and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 in 10th. MapleStory, published by South Korean Nexon (3659) was 7th and EA's (EA) Battlefield 3 was 6th.

League of Legends 1,292,502,456

World of Warcraft 622,378,909

Minecraft 371,635,651

Heroes of Newerth 184,520,156

Diablo III 172,907,605

Battlefield 3 171,852,550

MapleStory 165,503,651

StarCraft II 163,980,293

World Of Tanks 145,702,931

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 126,754,082